The ATP World Tour will now offer Shenzen as one of the first stops in the Asian swing, as the inaugural tournament takes the place of the Thailand Open in Bangkok from 2014.
Better still, the tour offers its elite the prospect of an ATP 250, 500 and then Masters 1000 all in the same country, at a time when players are feeling the strain of a long season.
Just because it is an ATP250 does not mean it will only be targeting perhaps the up-and-coming players over the more established stars as some will want to get a few matches under their belt ahead of the Masters 1000 in Shanghai.
The ATP has put in a lot of development into the Chinese market, and the Longgang Tennis Centre has firmly landed on the tennis map, making its inaugural appearance in 2013 on the WTA Calendar. It will now host two top flight tournaments, book-ending the year.
The Tennis Centre boasts state of the art facilities including 32 outdoor hard courts and a Centre-seat with a capacity for 4,000 fans and includes Hawk Eye.
The tournament it is replacing had a reputation to attracting top-flight stars and included players like Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as previous champions. This year’s final in Bangkok saw Top 10 players Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic do battle so Shenzhen can look similarly look forward to the best marking the start of its editions on the ATP World Tour.